Timothy M. Kennedy's Press releases

Kennedy, Higgins & Meegan Announce Improvements to Union Road in West Seneca

Over $1.3 Million in Road & Streetscape Work Underway

Congressman Brian Higgins, N.Y. State Senator Tim Kennedy and West Seneca Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan joined representatives from the New York State Department of Transportation to detail infrastructure improvements underway along Union Road (Route 277) in West Seneca. 

July 23, 2012
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Senator Kennedy to Hold Senior Safety Initiative in Lackawanna

Lackawanna Senior Center will be site for July 24 program designed to help protect seniors from fraud and abuse

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-58th District, will hold a program designed to help keep senior citizens safe Tuesday, July 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lackawanna  Senior Center. Senator Kennedy’s Senior Safety Initiative brings together officials from law enforcement and public safety to discuss ways for seniors to protect themselves from fraud, deceptive schemes, elder abuse and other potential dangers. The presentation will also highlight efforts to keep our neighborhoods safe.

July 19, 2012
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Senator Kennedy, Mayor Brown Team Up to Improve South Park Avenue

South Park Avenue Revitalization Project continues with efforts to clean up, repair environmental amenities along commercial strip.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The South Park Avenue Revitalization Project continues, as Senator Tim Kennedy and Mayor Byron Brown team up with community leaders to make further improvements to this important Buffalo commercial strip. This is the latest chapter in a community development project that has been ongoing for several years, since Kennedy began spearheading this movement as a county legislator.  

July 18, 2012
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One Year After Its Enactment, Senator Kennedy and Kelly Cline Praise Impact of Ban on Texting While Driving

Especially proficient enforcement in Western New York, as police officials in Erie County wrote nearly 15 percent of all texting-while-driving tickets issued outside of New York City

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, and safety advocate Kelly Cline commended State Police and local law enforcement agencies for cracking down on distracted driving and effectively enforcing the state’s new texting-while-driving law – which was enacted one year ago. In Erie County, enforcement has been extremely effective. Locally, police officials have issued nearly 15 percent of all texting-while-driving tickets outside New York City.

July 13, 2012
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Senator Kennedy, Local Workers Fighting to Stop Offshoring, Save NY Jobs

Kennedy pushing for reforms that protect jobs created in New York State from being outsourced overseas 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – A rampant trend toward offshoring jobs has left too many families without work and kept unemployment high despite surging corporate profits. With about 22-29 percent of all jobs still at risk of being shipped overseas, action is needed to protect Western New Yorkers’ jobs. Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, is standing up to prevent good-paying jobs from leaving New York State.

July 7, 2012
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Kennedy, Local Officials Announce DEC Efforts to Address Air Quality at Peace Bridge

Department of Environmental Conservation Agrees To Monitor Air Near Peace Bridge – Put Conservation Officers in Place To Enforce Truck Idling Regulation

BUFFALO – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, joined several of his colleagues in government to announce that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has agreed to institute various measures to address air quality near the Peace Bridge. 

July 6, 2012
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Joining Forces to Remember, Honor Hispanic-American Veterans

Efforts ongoing to construct Hispanic-American Veterans Memorial at Buffalo Naval Park.

Senator Kennedy pushing for Hispanic-American Veterans commemorative postage stamp.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – With Independence Day coming up tomorrow, Senator Tim Kennedy, D-58th District, and several prominent community leaders are joining forces to spread awareness of the many contributions of Hispanic-American Veterans. Efforts are underway to construct a Hispanic-American Veterans Memorial at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, but more work remains before the monument can be completed.

July 3, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Sponsors Unyts Independence Day Blood Drives

Blood drives in West Seneca this week on Wednesday, July 4, and Friday, July 6

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, is asking the community to help keep the blood supply strong this Independence Day. The demand for blood tends to outpace supply during the summer season, but Western New Yorkers have an opportunity to change that trend next week at Unyts blood drives, which Senator Kennedy is sponsoring.

July 2, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Action to Prevent Bullying, Cyberbullying

State Legislature approves comprehensive bill to prevent growing problem of online harassment.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced legislative action to protect children from bullying and cyberbullying across New York State. The State Legislature approved legislation to ensure young people have access to safe learning environments at school, in their neighborhoods and online.

June 27, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Approval of Legislation to Boost Historic Preservation

Senate unanimously passes measure to increase incentives to spark substantial investment in historic structures and create jobs.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate has passed legislation (S.6134/A.9110) to significantly boost the scope and impact of historic preservation projects. The legislation, which Senator Kennedy cosponsored, will help spark economic growth and job creation by encouraging significant investment in aging, historic structures.

June 12, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Buffalo Sabres to Bring Street Hockey Program to Lackawanna

Sabres Street program in Lackawanna kicked-off Sunday as part of Mount Olive Church’s Youth Day. Local youth invited to participate in full Sabres Street program to be launched Monday at 4:30 p.m.  

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy announced the Buffalo Sabres are bringing their Sabres Street mobile hockey program to the streets of Lackawanna this summer. Sabres Street Lackawanna kicked-off Sunday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with games and giveaways for local children. The full program launches Monday, June 11, at 4:30 p.m. in the church parking lot, 66 Wasson Ave. Local youth, ages 6 to 15, are invited to participate.

June 10, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Buffalo Sabres to Bring Street Hockey Program to Lackawanna Youth

Sabres Street program in Lackawanna launched as part of Mount Olive Church’s Youth Day 2012

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy announced the Buffalo Sabres are bringing their Sabres Street mobile hockey program to the streets of Lackawanna this summer. Sabres Street Lackawanna kicked-off Sunday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with games and giveaways for local children. The full program launches Monday, June 11, at 4:30 p.m. in the church parking lot, 66 Wasson Ave. Local youth, ages 6 to 15, are invited to participate.

June 10, 2012
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Senator Kennedy, Avi Israel Praise Deal Struck on Prescription Drug Tracking System

A year after Michael Israel’s death and months after push began for I-STOP and the Michael David Israel Laws, deal struck to reform the system

ALBANY, N.Y. – Last fall, Senator Tim Kennedy and Avi Israel joined forces to announce a new legislative package that they called the Michael David Israel Laws. The bills – which outlined a comprehensive approach to addressing the epidemic of prescription drug abuse – were named for Mr. Israel’s son, Michael, who took his own life after battling addiction to painkillers.

June 8, 2012
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Senator Kennedy to Hold Senior Safety Initiative in Cheektowaga

Cheektowaga Senior Center will be site for June 8 program designed to help protect seniors from fraud and abuse

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, will hold a program designed to keep seniors safe this Friday, June 8, at 12:30 p.m. at the Cheektowaga Senior Center. Senator Kennedy’s Senior Safety Initiative brings together officials from law enforcement and public safety to discuss ways for seniors to protect themselves from fraud, deceptive schemes, elder abuse and other potential dangers. The presentation will also highlight efforts to keep neighborhoods safe.

June 7, 2012
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U.S. Army Veteran from Cheektowaga Awarded State Service Medals 44 Years Overdue

Senator Kennedy presents Walter Casheba with honors he earned during Vietnam War

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – U.S. Army Veteran and Cheektowaga resident Walter Casheba served during the Vietnam War as an Army Security Agent. In this critically important assignment, Mr. Casheba was charged with the dangerous mission of intercepting enemy intelligence on the front lines.

For his distinguished service, Mr. Casheba earned prestigious honors from New York State, but he has waited 44 years to receive his medals. After contacting Senator Tim Kennedy’s office for help in securing his medals, Mr. Casheba will finally be awarded the state medals he bravely earned in Vietnam.

May 30, 2012
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After Luke’s Death, a Push for Myocarditis Awareness

Senator Kennedy, family of Luke Gould announce efforts to raise awareness of unpredictable, devastating heart condition

WEST SENECA, N.Y. – Luke Gould, a 10-year-old West Seneca boy, passed away unexpectedly November 16, 2011. An active, healthy young athlete, Luke lost his life to an unpredictable heart condition known as myocarditis – which often leads to sudden death.

May 24, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Howard Zemsky Confirmed as NFTA Chairman

Western New York businessman and philanthropist secures unanimous approval of Senate

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, announced the Senate has confirmed the appointment of Howard Zemsky to serve as chairman of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Zemsky, who also works as co-chair of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, becomes chairman of the NFTA after serving on its board of commissioners since 2008.

May 15, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Senate Passage of Legislation to Crackdown on Sex Offenders who Abuse or Evade Registry

Senate approves Kennedy-cosponsored bills to make it tougher for dangerous sex offenders to dodge registry rules

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate has passed legislation to prevent dangerous sex offenders from abusing or evading state registry requirements. This package of bills will make it tougher to dodge the residence-registration rules established in the sex offender registry act.

May 14, 2012
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Higgins, Kennedy Want NFTA’s 58-Year Hold on Outer Harbor Land to End, Propose Plan to Spur Further Waterfront Development

Leaders Lay Out Plan for Transfer of Waterfront Lands to Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp.

Congressman Brian Higgins, N.Y. State Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy and other local leaders laid out a plan that would once and for all take the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) out of the waterfront business.

In a letter to NFTA Commissioners Higgins wrote, “It is undeniable that this public land has remained in the wrong public hands for too long…The land is not poised to serve its highest and best use…Is clear that NFTA must relinquish its waterfront holdings finally and forever.”

May 11, 2012
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Senator Kennedy, Library Officials Announce State Grants for Buffalo & Erie County Libraries

Buffalo Central Library Receives One of the Largest Grant Awards in the State

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, a member of the Senate Committee on Libraries, announced a significant state investment in local libraries Thursday at the Downtown Central Library. Joined by library officials and fellow state lawmakers, Senator Kennedy announced the state has directed $617,970 in construction and improvement grants to the Downtown Central Library, as part of the overall award of $740,000 to a total of four libraries in the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.

May 11, 2012
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